Anniversaries and commemorations come and go daily. Most of us, even the best historians, miss most occasions. If we think of history as events then we are faced with a continually showering in the grains of sand. Nevertheless, we do pick out certain patterns in the remembrance of historical dates. The blog here reminds us of some dates where the local, state, national, and global perspectives entwine.
On 25, Sunday February 1894, Meher Baba, Indian Avatar of the Age, born (d. 1969)
On 25, Tuesday February 1919, Oregon places a one cent per US gallon (0.26¢/liter) tax on gasoline, becoming the first U.S. state to levy a gasoline tax.
On 25, Tuesday February 1919, Karl H. Pribram, Austrian-American neuroscientist, born (d. 2015)
On 25, Tuesday February 1919, Monte Irvin, American baseball player, born (d. 2016)
On 25, Friday February 1944, François Cevert, French racing driver, born (d. 1973)
On 25, Wednesday February 1959, Renee M. Borges, Indian ecologist, born
On 25, Wednesday February 1959, Klawdziy Duzh-Dushewski, Soviet architect, diplomat and journalist, died (b. 1891)
On 25, Sunday February 1979, László Bodnár, Hungarian footballer, born
On 25, Sunday February 1979, Henrich Focke, German aviation pioneer, died (b. 1890)
On 25, Saturday February 1989, Hayden Doyle, soccer player, born
On 25, Saturday February 1989, Kana Hanazawa, Japanese voice actress and singer, born
On 25, Saturday February 1989, Lee Sang-hwa, South Korean speed skater, born
On 25, Friday February 1994, Israeli Kahanist Baruch Goldstein opens fire inside the Cave of the Patriarchs in the West Bank; he kills 29 Muslims before worshippers beat him to death.
On 25, Friday February 1994, Eugenie Bouchard, Canadian tennis player, born
On 25, Friday February 1994, Jersey Joe Walcott, American boxer, died (b. 1914)
On 25, Thursday February 1999, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Italian footballer, born
On 25, Thursday February 1999, Glenn T. Seaborg, American chemist, died (b. 1912)
On 25, Wednesday February 2009, Pacific Brands announces it is ceasing manufacturing operations in Australia, at a cost of 1,850 jobs.
On 25, Wednesday February 2009, Philip José Farmer, American writer, died (b. 1918)
On 25, Tuesday February 2014, Mário Coluna, Mozambican-born Portuguese footballer, died (b. 1935)